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Kampfer Earns First NHL Point Versus Sabres

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins -- Admittedly, there wasn't much that was memorable -- from a Bruins perspective, anyway -- about the Bruins 3-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night in Western New York.

But defenseman Steve Kampfer, the B's recent call-up from the AHL's Providence Bruins, will probably remember December 15, 2010 for the rest of his life.

The rookie blueliner's assist on Michael Ryder's goal at 6:21 of the third gave Boston a short lived lead and went down in the record books as Kampfer's first NHL point.

"Well, you know, it's a good feeling, but I would have liked it with a win," said Kampfer to bostonbruinsTV, postgame. "The puck came out of the zone, I picked it up, started skating back in and I noticed that I didn't have many guys supporting me and I saw Ryder coming off the bench and I dropped it to him and he did the rest.

"It was kind of an easy play for me, I think I went for a change right after, just because it was a long shift."

The Bruins will have to make some changes pretty quickly or this weekend could seem interminable. Boston faces Montreal tonight, the Capitals on Saturday and Anaheim on Monday.

"We played well, but obviously not good enough," said Kampfer. "It was a disappointing loss and I thought that every time we started getting some momentum they came back and took it right from us.

"So that's something we have to work on here going into [Montreal], but I thought it was a good performance overall."

It may not take a great performance for the Bruins to catch the Northeast Division leading Montreal Canadiens on Thursday. Once one of the hottest teams in the NHL, Montreal (18-11-2) has lost three straight games and leads the B's by only two points in the standings.

But surely the home standing Habs will be looking to rebound against the B's and take advantage of a Boston team (16-9-4)looking to bounce back from two heartbreaking losses to Philadelphia and Buffalo.

"It's a big shift after a goal," said Kampfer in reference to the momentum swings in the B's last two games. "We have to come out and we have to have a lot of pressure on them.

"And we can't give up a goal after a shift [when] we take the lead and get some momentum in another team's barn, because Montreal fans will get right on you."
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